1980: the beginning of the polish Crisis. Brough up in a small village, country-girl Ania arrives in the university city of Wroclaw to pursue her career as a sculptor. Here she falls in love with Dominik, an enigmatic writer at the centre of a group of bohemians and avant-garde artists who throw wild parties.
When martial law is declared, their lives change overnight: military tanks appear on the street, curfews are introduced and the artists are driven underground. Together, Ania and Dominic fight back, pushing against the boundaries imposed by the authoritarian communist government. But at what cost?
Home is nearby is a vivid and intimate exploration of the struggle to find your place in the world – no matter where you are.
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I love the cover of this book. I’m just back from Gdansk where many of the buildings look exactly like this. While there I had an evening with Lech Walesa, discussing this period, and the Solidarity movement.
This was a very interesting interview. The book sounds very well researched and believable. The dreadful experiences of the Polish people seem to be well captured in Magdalena’s novel. I look forward to reading it.